GRAYSON, Ky. - Former president Bill Clinton kicked off a
day of campaigning across Kentucky Monday by suggesting a Bluegrass blowout for his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, could help her get
critical delegates seated in the larger states of Michigan and
"If you get her a big victory, it'll be harder to continue with
this fiction that the people in Florida and Michigan are invisible
and therefore we should disenfranchise them," Clinton said at a
rally at East Carter High School.
Florida and Michigan had their delegates stripped by the
Democratic National Committee after moving up their primary dates.
The candidates agreed not to campaign in the states, but Sen.
Clinton won both on election day.
The former president, speaking in a gymnasium with students in
the bleachers and supporters standing on the floor, said pundits
were trying to shorten the primary campaign. Front-runner Barack
Obama has all but clinched victory in pledged delegates, but
several uncommitted superdelegates could conceivably still swing
the nomination to Clinton.
"This has gotten downright funny here the last few days,"
President Clinton said. "They told West Virginia that they should
just shut up and get in line, don't bother voting. They had had a
different idea over there."
Clinton, who didn't mention Obama's name in the speech,
suggested the pundits didn't want Kentuckians to turn out to vote,
"All those people telling you not to vote have several things
in common - they all have a good job, college education, affordable
health care, and they can afford to fill up their gas tank," he
Clinton also tried to pitch his wife as a better change
candidate than Obama, who has campaigned against Washington
"She's the best change maker, and she has proven that she is
certainly no quitter, hasn't she?" Clinton said.
Clinton said in a satellite interview Monday that Obama has been
increasingly portraying himself as the nominee who will face
Republican John McCain. Later, while speaking to several hundred
people in Maysville, Clinton picked up her campaign's argument that
Obama's victories in states that had caucuses instead of primaries
are somehow less significant because turnout was lower. The former
first lady trails Obama in the delegate count by a large margin.
She's making four more stops across the state Monday.
After starting her day in Maysville where she attended a rally, she'll be at another rally in Prestonsburg this afternoon. Monday night, she'll join her husband for rallies at Transylvania University in Lexington and in Louisville.
Barack Obama was scheduled to campaign Monday in Montana while
his wife, Michelle, was making stops in the Kentucky cities of
Hopkinsville, Louisville and Lexington.